When They Ring the Golden Bells Lyrics

Natalie Merchant


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Ian Lewis
album: Track 11 in album Ophelia
release date: 1998-5-19
popularity : 5 users have visited this page.
genres: Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
length: 9:34
drums: Peter Yanowitz
conductor: Gavin Bryars
vocal: Karen Peris and Natalie Merchant
performer: Fretwork
double bass: William Hunt
mixer: Jim Scott
engineer: Todd Vos and Rupert Coulson
electric guitar: Don Peris
arranger: Gavin Bryars
acoustic guitar: Karen Peris
viola da gamba: Susanna Pell, Wendy Gillespie, Julia Hodgson and Richard Campbell
bass guitar: Graham Maby
theorbo: Christopher Wilson
assistant mixer: Mike Scotella
assistant engineer: Ricky Graham
tenor recorder: Pamela Thorby
composer: Natalie Merchant
lyricist: Natalie Merchant
writer: Dion de Marbelle

Cover Art

Natalie Merchant Ophelia cover art
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There’s a land beyond the river
that they call the sweet forever
and we’ll only reach that shore
by Faith’s decree
one by one we’ll gain the portals
there to dwell with the immortals
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

don’t you hear the bells now ringing
don’t you hear the angels singing
to say glory hallelujah
to believe
in the far off sweet forever
just beyond the shining river
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

we shall know no sin or sorrow
in that river of tomorrow
when our hearts shall sail beyond our silvery sea
we shall only know the blessing
of our fathers sweet caressing
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

don’t you hear the bells now ringing
don’t you hear the angels singing
to say glory hallelujah
to Believe
in the far off sweet forever
just beyond the shining river
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

when our days shall know their number
when in death we sweetly slumber
when the king commands the spirit to be free
never more with anguish laden
we shall reach that lovely Eden
when they ring the golden bells for you and me
when they ring the golden bells for you and me




Track Listing


HDCD 1
  • 1 Ophelia
  • 2 Life Is Sweet
  • 3 Kind & Generous
  • 4 Frozen Charlotte
  • 5 My Skin
  • 6 Break Your Heart
  • 7 King of May
  • 8 Thick as Thieves
  • 9 Effigy
  • 10 The Living
  • 11 When They Ring the Golden Bells